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Lugnuts offense wakes up late for 12-1 walloping of Dragons on June 1




June 1, 2018


Dayton, Ohio—The Lansing Lugnuts broke open a 1-0 game with four runs in the seventh inning and rolled on to a 12-1 win over the Dayton Dragons on Friday night.  A crowd of 7,645 was in attendance at Fifth Third Field.


The Lugnuts, with a 36-19 record, have the most victories of any team in Minor League Baseball in 2018.  They collected 19 hits including 12 over the last three innings.


Lansing scored one run in the top of the first inning and held that lead through the first six.  Dayton could not break through against Lugnuts starter Turner Larkins (4-4), who allowed only three hits and no walks over his six innings while striking out six to earn the win.


In the top of the seventh, Lansing’s Yeltsin Gudino delivered a one-out bases loaded double to extend the Lugnuts lead.  They scored four runs in the seventh and then added four more in the eighth and three in the ninth to build their lead to 12-0.  The Dragons scored their only run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on an infield single by Hendrik Clementina that brought in a runner from third.


Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton (3-5) was the most effective Dayton pitcher of the night, but he was charged with the loss. He worked five and one-third innings, allowing one run on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.


The Dragons finished with only five hits by five different players.  All hits were singles.


Click here for the box score

Lansing (R-H-E):  12-19-1

Dayton (R-H-E):  1-5-2


Win:  Turner Larkins (4-4)

Loss:  Packy Naughton (3-5)

Save: None


HRDayton: None

HRLansing: None



In the Standings:  The Dragons are 27-26, in fourth place, eight games behind first place Lansing and seven games behind Bowling Green, the wildcard leader, in the Midwest League East Division.


Yankees 2B Gleyber Torres, a recent AL Player of the Week



Gleyber Torres (courtesy


Second baseman Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending May 27th.

Reigning AL Most Valuable Player Jose Altuve (.429, 7 R, 5 XBH, 8 RBI) also enjoyed a strong week at the plate for the Houston Astros. In a pair of games over the weekend, the All-Star second baseman tallied eight hits, including a hit in 10 consecutive at-bats. The Venezuelan native eclipsed his own Club record of eight at-bats, set last season from June 23rd-24th, and finished two hits shy of the Major League record, established by Detroit’s Walt Dropo (July 14-15, 1952). Other noteworthy performances last week included first baseman José Abreu (.387, 4 R, 7 2B, 5 RBI) of the Chicago White Sox; outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (.563 OBP, 5 R, 3 XBH) and first baseman Ronald Guzmán (.364, 6 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; starting pitcher Jason Hammel (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 16 SO) of the Kansas City Royals; first baseman Yonder Alonso (.412, 5 R, 3 XBH, 7 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; and starter Mike Leake (1-0, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP, 0 BB) of the Seattle Mariners.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Gleyber Torres will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Torres posted a slash line of .368/.429/1.158 with five runs scored, seven hits, five home runs and nine RBI over six games played to earn his first career Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Gleyber finished the period first in home runs and slugging percentage; tied for first in RBI; tied for second in total bases (22); tied for eighth in runs scored; and ninth in batting average. This is New York’s second weekly award of the 2018 season, and the first since Gleyber’s double play partner Didi Gregorius on April 30th.

On Friday against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium, Torres went 2-for-3 with his ninth home run on the season. The Venezuelan native homered in his fourth consecutive game, becoming the youngest player in AL history to accomplish the feat. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 21 years and 163 days old, Torres became the fourth-youngest player since 1900 to homer in four straight games, older than just Miguel Cabrera in 2004 (20 years, 262 days), Andruw Jones in 1998 (21, 139) and Albert Pujols in 2001 (21, 147). In addition, Torres became the second rookie in team history to homer in four straight contests, joining his teammate Gary Sánchez (September 17-21, 2016). The four-game streak began in grand fashion on May 21st after Gleyber logged the first multi-homer game of his career. At 21 years and 159 days, the right-handed-hitting rookie became the second-youngest player in franchise history to post a multi-homer game, behind Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, who clubbed a pair of homers on August 11, 1952 when he was 20 years and 296 days old. Torres, who was acquired by the Yankees in the 2016 trade for Aroldis Chapman, is the youngest Yankee to ever blast nine round-trippers in his first 28 career games. Now 31 games into his young career, Torres enters play today with a slash line of .317/.379/.606 to go along with 16 runs scored, 33 hits, three doubles, nine homers and 24 RBI.



Dragons, West Michigan split May 31 doubleheader


May 31, 2018

Dayton, Ohio—Hendrik Clementina delivered two doubles and scored three runs and Stuart Fairchild added a double and triple as the Dayton Dragons defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 8-3 in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday night.  West Michigan won the first game, a suspended game, 10-1.  A crowd of 8,241 was in attendance at Fifth Third Field.  The Dragons won two-out-of-three in the series with West Michigan.

In the second game on Thursday, the Dragons jumped out to a quick lead.  In the bottom of the first inning, Miles Gordon and Michael Beltre connected on back-to-back home runs with one out.  Gordon’s home run was his second of the year while the homer by Beltre was his third.  The Dragons hit back-to-back home runs for the first time since August 30, 2017, when Taylor Sparks and John Sansone connected.


The Dragons added a run in the second inning to extend their lead to 3-0 when Clementina doubled to the fence in right and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by J.D. Williams in his first plate appearance for the team.  The Dragons added two more runs in the third on a run-scoring triple by Stuart Fairchild and a sacrifice fly by Montrell Marshall to make it 5-0.


West Michigan started back in the top of the fourth when Dylan Rosa connected on a long three-run home run to left field to make it 5-3.


The Dragons responded in the bottom of the fourth when Clementina doubled and scored on Williams’ single to make it 6-3.  In the sixth, the Dragons extended their lead to 8-3 when Jeter Downs lined a double to center field to drive in two runs and close out the scoring.


Dragons starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez (3-1) earned the victory, going five innings and allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.  Cory Thompson and John Ghyzel each pitched a scoreless inning.


The Dragons collected seven extra base hits in the second game to match a season high.  Fairchild’s two-hit game raised his season’s batting average to an even .300.


In the first game, which began on Wednesday and was suspended due to rain in the fifth inning, West Michigan notched a 10-1 victory. The only Dragons run came on a ninth inning solo home run by Jeter Downs, his seventh homer of the year.


The Dragons improved their home record for the year to 20-9.  They are 7-16 on the road.

Suspended Game:  Click here for the box score

West Michigan (R-H-E): 10-12-2

Dayton (R-H-E): 1-3-0


Win: Clate Schmidt (4-0)

Loss: Andrew Jordan (1-1)

Save: None


HRDayton: Jeter Downs (7th, 0 on base in ninth inning).

HRWest Michigan: Dylan Rosa (5th, 3 on base in fifth inning).


Game 2:  Click here for the box score

West Michigan (R-H-E): 3-6-0

Dayton (R-H-E): 8-9-0


Win: Adrian Rodriguez (3-1)

Loss: Brad Bass (3-4)

Save: None

HRDayton:  Miles Gordon (2nd, 0 on base in 1st inning); Michael Beltre (3rd, 0 on base in 1st inning).

HRWest Michigan:  Dylan Rosa (6th, 2 on base in fourth inning).




In the Standings:  The Dragons are 27-25, in fourth place, seven games behind first place Lansing and six games behind Bowling Green, the wildcard leader, in the Midwest League East Division.


Reds 2B Scooter Gennett, a recent NL Player of the Week


Scooter Gennett in field 2017 photo by NewJack984 - Own work via wikipedia commons

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending May 27th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included first baseman Jesús Aguilar (5 R, 7 H, 2 HR, 10 RBI) and third baseman Travis Shaw (.400, 6 R, 5 XBH, 10 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers; starting pitcher Walker Buehler (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 14.0 IP, 14 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; newly debuted outfielder Austin Meadows (.455, 6 R, 5 XBH, .909 SLG) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; starter Miles Mikolas (1-0, 2.40 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 14 SO) of the Cardinals; starter German Márquez (2-1, 1.29 ERA, 14.0 IP, 11 SO) of the Rockies; and second baseman/outfielder Jose Pirela of the San Diego Padres.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Scooter Gennett will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Gennett batted .500 (12-for-24) with six runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI over six games played to claim his third career Player of the Week Award and second of the 2018 season, previously winning for the period ending May 13th. Among his NL counterparts, Scooter finished the period first in hits, slugging percentage (.958) and total bases (23); tied for first in home runs, extra-base hits (5) and RBI; second in batting average; tied for third in runs scored; and seventh in on-base percentage (.519). Gennett is the first National Leaguer to earn a second weekly honor thus far in 2018, and the second across the Majors, joining Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians.

In the first game of his award-winning week on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gennett batted 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, one double and a grand slam to propel the Reds to a 7-2 victory. The six-year veteran tallied six RBI in the outing for the second time of his career, and the first since his historic four-homer, 10-RBI outing on June 6th of last season against the St. Louis Cardinals. On Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, Gennett matched his career best with five hits, including four singles and his 10th homer of the season. The performance marked the second time in his career that he recorded five hits, last doing so in the aforementioned game against the Cardinals in 2017. In addition, Gennett became the first Reds player to tally four singles in a contest since Steve Selsky accomplished the feat on September 26, 2016 against the Cardinals. Across a pair of games over the weekend, the left-handed-hitting slugger notched a hit in seven consecutive plate appearances, including five singles, a double and one home run. The impressive stretch was the longest such streak by a Reds player since Arismendy Alcántara posted a streak of seven consecutive plate appearances from April 30 – May 8, 2017. Following his outstanding week at the plate, the 28-year-old enters play today with the highest batting average in the NL (.347) to go along with 28 runs scored, 70 hits, 13 doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBI.



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